DCF Recognizes Social Work Month by Encouraging Employment Opportunities

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2015

DCF Recognizes Social Work Month by Encouraging Employment Opportunities

TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of Social Work Month, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is encouraging social workers to consider a career at DCF or one of its many child welfare, mental health and substance abuse service providers. DCF currently employs more than 400 individuals with social work degrees and is actively seeking applicants with social work backgrounds.

With additional funding provided by Governor Scott and the Legislature to hire more than 270 new frontline staff, DCF is working to recruit Child Protective Investigators (CPI) and Supervisors throughout the state with the goal of hiring individuals with social work degrees or other human-service related educations. DCF is also working to implement a loan forgiveness and tuition exemption program for child welfare personnel. For more information about available CPI positions, visit Myflfamilies.com/general-information/employment/cpijobs .

“Social workers play an important role in our workforce and come to the department with a specialized set of skills that benefit those we are charged with serving,” DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said. “The work DCF does can be challenging but we encourage social workers who are up for the challenge to join our team and make a difference in the lives of their fellow Floridians.”

In addition to child protection, DCF employs individuals with social work degrees at the state mental health hospitals to serve residents. For a listing of job opportunities at the state hospitals, visit https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com .

March is recognized as National Social Work Month and the National Association of Social Workers will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015. The goal of Social Work Month is to educate the public about how social workers and the association have brought about major positive social changes, improved the lives of individuals and families, and will continue to do so in the future.

Contact: Michelle Glady, Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450